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Ayushmann Khurrana was the Chief Guest for the occasion and engaged in a tête-à-tête with GQ India’s Editor-in-Chief, Che Kurrien

New Delhi, 24th November 2018: GQ India, the country’s ultimate authority in men’s fashion and lifestyle, presented its list of The 50 Most Influential Young Indians of 2018 on 23rd November 2018 at Hyatt Regency New Delhi. Held in association with The Glenlivet Books and supported by Royal Enfield, Lamborghini and Business Television India (BTVI), the evening saw the recognition of 50 most influential Indians under the age of 40 from a diverse range of backgrounds and professions – Business and Entrepreneurship, Fashion, Design, Media, Food & Drink, Entertainment, Sports, and Real Estate to name a few.

Hosted by Indian-American comedian Rajiv Satyal, the evening began with an engaging conversation between GQ India’s Editor-in-Chief, Che Kurrien, and Chief Guest as well as one among GQ’s 50 Most Influential Young Indians of 2018, Ayushmann Khurrana.

GQ’s Most Influential Young Indians is an editorial property launched in 2015 and is an authoritative list of young Indian influencers. As the front runners for tomorrow, the individuals featured on GQ’s Young Influential Indians list reflect not just the optimistic, youthful population of India but also its dynamic economy. Power-packed with some of the finest trailblazers of the Indian economy across industries, the night raised a toast to the young visionaries of this country.

Commenting on the occasion, Che Kurrien, Editor-in-Chief, GQ India, said, “Of all the lists we put out at GQ, this one is my favourite. The 50 young winners and their awe-inspiring stories fill me with hope about the future of India.”

From GQ’s list of The 50 Most Influential Young Indians of 2018, the event was graced by JSW’s Parth Jindal, Mithila Palkar, Ananya Birla, Manika Batra, Luke Coutinho, designer Amit Aggarwal, architect Ashiesh Shah, Aditya Munjal, Manvendra Singh Shekhawat of MRS Hotels, Bombay Shirt Company’s Akshay Narvekar, Lakme Fashion Week’s Jaspreet Chandok, Pass Code Hospitality’s Rakshay Dhariwal, Prabhtej Singh Bhatia of Simba Beer, Gautam Vazirani, Arman Sood, Ajai Thandi, Ashwajeet Singh of Sleepy Owl Coffee, photographer Joseph Radhik, Associated Capsules Group’s Karan Singh, WeWork India’s Karan Virwani, Mo Joshi and Uday Kapur of Azaadi Records, Spice PR’s Prabhat Chaudhary, Gateway Brewing Company’s Rahul Mehra, Livspace and polymath’s Ramakant Sharma, Jamavaar’s Samyukta Nair, journalist Sandhya Menon, Sushant Divgikar, and Vivek Gupta and Abhay Hanjura of Licious.

The distinguished leagues of individuals, in no particular order of ranking, on GQ’s list of The 50 Most Influential Young Indians of 2018 are:

1. Abhay Hanjura – Founder of Licious
2. Aditya Munjal – Director of Hexi, CEO of Firefox Bikes
3. Ajai Thandi – Co-founder of Sleepy Owl Coffee
4. Akash Ambani – Director, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited and Director, Reliance Retail Limited
5. Akshay Narvekar – Founder of Bombay Shirt Company
6. Alia Bhatt – Actor
7. Amit Aggarwal – Fashion Designer
8. Anant Goenka – Executive Director of Indian Express Group
9. Ananya Birla – Singer, Founder of Svatantra Microfinance Pvt. Ltd
10. Arman Sood – Co-founder of Sleepy Owl Coffee
11. Ashiesh Shah – Architect
12. Ashwajeet Singh – Co-founder of Sleepy Owl Coffee
13. Avni Biyani –Concept Head at Foodhall – Future Group
14. Ayushmann Khurrana – Actor
15. Bikramjit Bose – Photographer
16. Deepinder Goyal – Founder and CEO of Zomato
17. Gautam Vazirani – Sustainable Fashion Strategist & curator at IMG Reliance
18. Jaspreet Chandok – Vice President and Head of Fashion at IMG Reliance
19. Joseph Radhik – Photographer
20. Karan Anshuman – Director and Writer
21. Karan Singh – MD, Associated Capsules Group (ACG) Worldwide
22. Karan Virwani – CWeO at WeWork India
23. Keshav Suri – Executive Director, Executive Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group
24. Krishna Ram Bhupal – Director, GVK
25. Luke Coutinho – Author Founder, Holistic Health Store, Reset and Pure Nutrition; Co-Founder, GOQii
26. Manika Batra – Table tennis player
27. Manvendra Singh Shekhawat – Managing Director at The MRS Hotels
28. Mithila Palkar – Actor
29. Mo Joshi – Founder of Azaadi Records
30. Nayanthara – Actor
31. Pa. Ranjith – Director
32. Parth Jindal – Managing Director of JSW Cements; Founder & Director Inspire Institute of Sport
33. Parvathy Thiruvothu – Actor
34. Prabhat Choudhary – Founder of Spice PR
35. Prabhtej Singh Bhatia – Founder and CEO of Simba Beer
36. Rahul Mehra – Co-Founder, Gateway Brewing Company
37. Rakshay Dhariwal – Managing Director of Passcode Hospitality
38. Ramakant Sharma – Co-founder of Livspace and polymath
39. Rima Das – Film-maker
40. Samyukta Nair – Founder, Clove the Store & Dandelion; Co-founder, Jamavaar
41. Sandhya Menon – Journalist
42. Shradha Sharma – Founder & CEO, YourStory
43. Shruti Shibulal – CEO & Director of Tamara Leisure Experiences Pvt. Ltd.
44. Simran Sethi – Director of Creative, International Originals, Nextflix India
45. Sushant Divgikar – TV personality & Playback Singer
46. Taapsee Pannu – Actor
47. Uday Kapur – Founder of Azaadi Records
48. Varun Dhawan – Actor
49. Virat Kohli – Captain, Indian Cricket Team
50. Vivek Gupta – Founder of Licious

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About GQ India:
Launched in 2008, GQ India, a market leader in men’s luxury lifestyle, is the affluent Indian man’s guide to the good life, offering international and fresh perspectives on fashion, luxury, fitness, travel, cars, watches and much more. GQ India also hosts some of the most flamboyant, classy and spoken-about events throughout the year like GQ Men Of The Year, Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights, GQ Best Dressed, GQ 50 Most Influential Young Indians, GQ Gentlemen’s Club, GQ Bar Nights, amongst others.
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